APPALACHIAN PAGAN ALLIANCE NEWSLETTER APRIL 2003 Editress: Ginger Strivelli We have made final arrangements for our 4th annual May Day celebration, and expect a crowd this year. We are discussing if we want to hold a 3rd annual Vacation Witchcraft School in July this year, currently. Also it was purposed last fall, that the APA offer to host the "Earth Religions Awareness week" prayer breakfast event this year, so we will be discussing that over the summer months as well and planning it if we choose to host it. Our last Public gathering of 2003, will be our usual Yule gathering, when we will surely Miss Thomas' playing the Holly King for the Witchlings' Circle group. Nonetheless, Kevin McNelly will be the Holly King for us in Thomas' stead, this year, so the tradition will live on. FROM OUR BOOK OF SHADOWS: (Money tree spell disclaimer--use with caution, the Gods have a dry sense of humor when it comes to Witches working magic out of personal greed….so best to use this or any other money spells, only in great need, and if you truly believe you have worked enough unselfish magic and did enough 'good deeds' of late for others to deserve the personal mundane blessing being asked for. For example, once when using this spell myself, the next day the waterline in my bathroom exploded….hence bring an insurance check, to repair the two flooded rooms of my home. To which I had to admit, "VERY funny Loki/Kokopelli/which ever trickster God answered that prayer!" I've never had this spell not work, but it's never worked simply without the Gods getting a laugh at my expense -pun intended.) Money-Tree Spell- Written By Ginger Strivelli Right outside your front door, during a thunder and lightning storm if possible or at least in the rain, snow, or hail….'Plant' a gold coin…(gold colored not necessarily actual gold…I prefer the Sacagawea Dollar myself, being a magical 'mother and child' image, Native American theme, gold colored, and the larger value of a Dollar instead of 'cents.' I feel the symbolism is all correct. Dig a shallow hole with your usual gardening tools, and 'plant' the dollar as if it was a normal flower bulb or plant seed. Use eggshells from a cake baked as an offering to the fairies and forest creatures, and ashes from your hearth to fertilize before covering the 'seed', or in a pinch even chemical fertilizer as you would on any newly planted tree. Say a prayer to the Gods of luck, prosperity, success, and any personal Gods, you wish to invoke as well. Cover the hole back up. Water it daily, until it 'bears fruit.' (And keep your sense of humor handy about the form the fruit comes in.) ------------------------------------------------- (Rose Bush Love Binding Spell- disclaimer…this is another ethically thorny spell. Again with the pun intended. It is suppose to used ONLY when the couple is already in an established committed relationship with each other. Not to be used as a 'trap' for some longed for love that has not already freely given themselves to you….or to bond two people who are unattached, so no using this to set your daughter up with who you think she should marry, you want-a-be grandmother's out there!) Rose Bush Love Binding Spell- Written By Ginger Strivelli Take one piece of clothing form the man and the woman who need their bonds of love and commitment strengthened. These items should be small, and recently worn and not washed. Socks or T-shirts work well. Tie the two pieces of clothing together into a lover's knot. Plant the lover's knot under a rose bush, with a prayer to Gods of love, marriage, and any personal Gods the Couple follows particularly. ------------------------------------------- Old Appalachian all purpose Incantation- from the "Jack tales" folk legends, as recorded in print by the storyteller Richard Chase. (Everyone has heard tell of them there Jack tales, right? And Ifin' not just why y'all so dern uneducated? You go to yer schoolin' up North or somethin' ?) A 'wish' is simply stated in this simple three-word pattern form. (Examples below) "Rain, sky, rain!" "Spread tablecloth, spread!" (Used for ensuring the family being well fed…Nessa will like this one with her fears of going hungry.) "Blow, wind, blow!" "Sleep, bear, Sleep!" (As y'all surely know Ole Jack is forever tryin' to escape from some perturbed varmint or another.) I've tried this one on my kids…. But I had about as much luck as Jack did with the bear. ----------------------------------------- AND PRESENTING OUR NEW NEWSLETTER SECTION (as we have completed our A through Z sections of 'Merry meet the Gods' lists of deities.) SACRED SITES; "The Magic Healing Lake of the Cherokee" is said to be hidden in the woods somewhere untold in the 'Smoking (Smoky) Mountains.' It appears only when needed by a wounded or sick animal, and then heals them, before disappearing again before it can be found by humans. (Though my middle two daughters; Amethyst and Sybilsue, assure me it is in our woods, and they've seen our cats use it, and even a unicorn one time…. though they haven't seen the lake monster (dragon) that resides therein like such creatures are believed to in many Cherokee lakes.